Traffic Growth, Car Accidents, and How to Protect Yourself
Anyone who lives in a major metropolitan area can attest to just how serious traffic can be. Every year, as more drivers move to bigger city hubs, traffic likewise increases, not only doubling or tripling traffic times for many commuters during the busiest traffic hours, but making roadways more dangerous for drivers. According to Tucson car accident lawyers at Russo, Russo, & Slania, P.C., car accidents are already among the top causes of serious death and wrongful injury in the U.S. every year, and these numbers only continue to increase with increased drivers, traffic, and safety hazards.
More concerning is an article from NPR that cites a government study showing 2015 traffic deaths to have increased by the largest margin in decades, attributed to job growth and more people driving on shared roadways. Sobering as the statistics may be, there are a number of ways to protect yourself against collisions and injuries on the roadways. As safety is the goal, start by examining the safety measures your car has to offer. Ensure that your car meets safety standards and that such standards, such as airbags and seat belts are working properly. Seat belts are particularly important as almost half of the deaths coming from the increase in traffic fatalities in 2015 were caused by passengers not wearing seat belts, according to the same study from NPR. The next highest causes were drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving.
Given these causes, there are specific ways of decreasing your chances of a collision. Always have a designated driver if you are drinking, watch your speed, and put away your smartphone to protect yourself on the roadways. You cannot control other drivers and can consequently never be completely protected from crashes, but ensuring that you hold yourself accountable for the same safety standards you expect from other drivers will lower your chances of an accident. Additionally, avoiding certain roads and highways that have a high concentration of traffic may decrease your commute time and increase your protection.